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Summer Cleaning Chore Checklist

Summer's here, hot, high and sweaty. Vacations beckon. The garden takes on a life of its own.

Busy families don't have much time for home chores these months.

School's out, travel's in and it's easy to let life slide on the home front.

Still, summer will run more smoothly if you keep tabs on these important areas in the Summer Cleaning Chore Checklist.

Our summer cleaning chore checklist list tackles hot-weather issues, summer health and safety.

Printables:  phone_emergency_information.pdf health_first_aid_kit_checklist.pdf

Chill Out! Cut Energy Use In Refrigerator And Freezer

With spring flowers blooming and warm weather on the way, it's time for an energy-saving tune up for your refrigerator and freezer.

Keeping food fresh--while conserving energy--can bring a helpful boost to the strained food budget.

Try these tips to minimize energy use and save money on groceries:

Fill the freezer, but give the fridge some air

The freezer works most efficiently when packed as full as possible. Need to fill in some space? Tuck extra ice for cold drinks or cold-packs for summer picnics into any empty space in the freezer.

Printables:  food_inventory_freezer.pdf

Five Tips For Spring Cleaning With Kids

Spring cleaning is on the horizon, and you could use some help. It's time to try a team approach to seasonal cleaning.

Many hands make light work ... so how do you get the kids to pitch in when it's time to spring-clean the house?

Try these five tips to involve children with housecleaning chores.

Swing into Spring: Five Easy Ways to Welcome Warm Weather

Blooming bulbs and Spring breezes signal that warmer weather is on the way.

Sure, many of us will do an all-out session of Spring cleaning, but even small, simple jobs can bring the season's freshness inside.

Shake the winter doldrums out of your organized home with these five easy ideas to swing into Spring.

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Get Frugal, Get Organized

Here's a little challenge, now that it's yard sale season: try to find a yard sale without a stock of organizing products for sale.

Too often, we start a get-organized effort where we should finish it: at the store. Buying organizing products before we've done the heavy lifting of setting up activity centers, sorting and purging our stuff, and deciding where to pare down leads to that paradoxical result: organizer clutter.

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Keep Clutter From Coming Back

Getting a grip on clutter is only the first step. How do you keep it from coming back?

This week in the Cleaning Challenge, we've considered cleaning routines that work to keep dirt at bay. Clutter, too, needs to be addressed with habits and routines designed to prevent it from gaining a foothold in an organized home.

Today in the Cleaning Challenge, try these ideas to stop clutter at the door, and keep it from coming back:

Declutter 101: Staying Clutter-Free

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Minimum Maintenance

In yesterday's Cleaning Challenge, we took a look at household routines: those things we do daily, weekly, monthly and seasonally to keep the household clean and organized.

As with so many things in life, your mileage may vary! Household needs and composition mean that every home has a different set of routines. A two-career couple with an empty nest will have far different routines than, say, a family with pre-school children.

But there's one routine every household needs, no matter how casual: a minimum maintenance list.

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Clean House Routines

Over the last weeks, the Cleaning Challenge we've moved from room to room through the house, cutting clutter, organizing and deep-cleaning. Now, how will we keep it that way?

Professional cleaners know that regular cleaning routines are the secret to an always-clean home. What's the state of your cleaning routines?

Today in the Cleaning Challenge, give some thought to how and when you tackle cleaning chores, and reach for solutions to cut the work, keep the clean.

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Spruce Up Household Routines

Reaching the end of the Cleaning Challenge, it's natural to want to keep all the cleanliness and order ... all the time.

How to achieve this goal? In a word: routines.

Routines for morning, evening and weekly cleaning keep up with the mess so that it doesn't slide backward into chaos. What's the state of your household routines?

Printables:  calendar_to_do_weekly.pdf calendar_to_do_daily.pdf calendar_checklist_spring_summer.pdf calendar_checklist_fall_winter.pdf

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Celebrate Your Success

Get-organized plans, like the Cleaning Challenge, can be great motivators, but for many folks, they create a problem: the idea of being "behind".

It's common to jump into the Challenge with red-hot energies, only to find yourself flagging when "real life" intervenes. Yet the plan rolls on without you, leaving you deflated. That feeling of being "behind" can sap your enthusiasm and blind you to the very real progress you've made.